David Haye believes he could end Anthony Joshua's unbeaten record

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Heavyweight boxer David Haye believes he could end Anthony Joshua's 16-fight unbeaten record, after watching the Olympic gold medalist knockout Charles Martin in the second round at the O2 Arena.

Joshua secured his first world title, claiming the IBF belt to become the fifth-quickest heavyweight boxer to go from turning professional, to winning their first world title. But that hasn't stopped Haye believing he could cause an upset upon his exit from retirement.

The 35-year-old made an impressive return to boxing with a first-round knockout of Australian Mark de Mori in January, and will face Arnold Gjergjaj in the second bout of his return. But Haye believes he didn't see any reason on Saturday night to believe he couldn't beat Joshua.


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"I believe I'm the best on the planet. I always have done. I'd love it. I'd genuinely love to walk into the ring and fight him. Although he knocked out Martin, I could see those shots coming a mile off." Haye (27-2-KO25) told Sky Sports.

"There was nothing done by Charles Martin to bring out any weakness. The way I fight is completely different to Martin. I don't stand up in the air and my head is constantly moving. I have feints.

"Joshua wouldn't let his hands go with me because I'd unsettle him and drag him out of his comfort zone. You have to put him on the shelf from really early on. If I stood on the outside and went jab for jab, he's got longer arms than me."

Joshua takes interest

And the new heavyweight champion has admitted he would be happy to take on his fellow Brit, but Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn is looking at a potential tasty match-up with rival Tyson Fury, after making the Watford-born boxer makes first defence of the IBF belt.

"It's possible [that my next fight could be against Haye]. I don't see why not but as a fighter I will fight anyone, I'll fight them both on the same night - it's no problem - but my management team will steer my career in the right direction." Joshua told Sky Sports.

However, a bout with Haye isn't lucrative for the unbeaten heavyweight at this point in his career, with the 26-year-old understood set to put his belt on the line in the summer, as Hearn plans a July 9 defence of his title - on the same night Fury faces Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester.

But Haye isn't keen to wait for too long his opportunity; ideally making himself a contender for a heavyweight title, before a match-up with Joshua.

"I'd want it pretty soon. I don't believe there's anybody out there he could learn against. I believe he'd knock Tyson Fury out inside a couple of rounds. Fury couldn't knock Chisora down and I knocked him out in five rounds." Haye added.

Fury awaits

Following Joshua's success over Martin, Fury quickly took to Twitter to have a pop the newly-crowned champion, saying: "So AJ gets a belt, looked slow ponderous, and still looked like a bodybuilder, let me slay the lamb."

It is no secret that Fury has been winding up Joshua on social media for some time now, and Hearn has hinted that if public want the bout to happen he will do his best to put Joshua and the Gypsy King head-to-head within the next year.

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